I have never been able to master using chopsticks
, even with Francesca's great post on springloaded chopsticks
. I would much rather use a fork, and better yet, my fingers. Almost any food can be eaten with fingers, so I would rather put chopsticks to better use anyway, like using them to swirl soap like Debra McDuffee does
According to Wikipedia
, chopsticks originated in ancient China. There are many different styles used by different countries, and different etiquette rules apply for each country. Chopsticks are being taxed in China, due to an overabundance of them being thrown away. Chopsticks can be washed and reused for many things. Join me after the jump to find out what those uses are.
- Stuck toast can easily be removed from an unplugged toaster by using a wooden chopstick.
- Remove the shell and vein from shrimp. Insert the tapered end into the "spine" of the shrimp and push the black vein out.
- Use as a kabob or vegetable skewer.
- Use a wooden chopstick as a temperature gauge for cooking meat in hot oil. You'll know your ready to cook when the oil bubbles as the chopstick touches the bottom of the pan.
- Use as a plant stake or support for plants.
- Use as a hair bun holder.
- Stir your tall cocktail drinks.
- Use as a puppet stand.
- Broken sticks make great Popsicle sticks. No sharp edges for the kiddies, please!
- Use in place of a spoon to stir sauces.
- Use the end of a chopstick to maneuver a cloth around inside a dirty baby jar, bottle, or vase to clean it.
- Retrieve lost items from under the washer, dryer, TV console, stove, fridge, or any other large appliance or furniture.
- Under a watchful eye, kids can use a pair of chopsticks and an ice cream bucket for banging like a drum.
- If you stepped in dog poop, use a chopstick to clean out the poop from the crevices in your shoes.
- Chopsticks make great paint stirrers.
Chopsticks work great for all kinds of craft projects. They are really useful for cleaning the grunge in your shower. I'm sure I have just touched on some basic uses for chopsticks. I love the chopsticks bowl, don't you? Let us know by leaving us a comment: What do you use chopsticks for?